"The Crown" returns to Netflix with a full third season to binge this Sunday, November 17th. Fans are already aware that a lot of changes have taken place between this season and last. With a significant time jump to the 1960s all main roles have also been recast to better reflect the ages of the real-life characters being portrayed. The show welcomes heavy hitters Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth, and Helena Bonham Carter as her sister, Princess Margaret. But, while you may be caught up on all the changes, here's a quick refresher on what went down last season to get us to this point.
The Prince and The Queen
In the final episode of season two Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Prince Philip (Matt Smith) are at odds (but aren't they always?). The Queen must confront her husband about possible infidelity while also revealing that she is pregnant with their fourth child. (The fourth child, Prince Edward is born by the end of the episode). The Queen has also dealt with the loss of Harold Macmillan, who has resigned as prime minister. It's a less than happy family that we leave, though it does seem as if they understand one another.
Oh Princess Margaret, always trying to upstage big sis with the extra drama and, despite incredible effort, still failing. Margaret is still married to Lord Snowden also known as Antony Armstrong-Jones, and their relationship is fraught, to say the least. The pair are living at Kensington Palace and parenting two children together, although the episode makes it very clear that this family bliss is to be incredibly short-lived, and only simple on the surface.
We left the heir to the throne as a pretty miserable pre-teen. Always fighting the expectations of his father, and his country, the prince suffered through a cold and lonely education at his father's alma mater, Gordonstoun in Scotland. How sill this shape the young man we are about to come into contact with on-screen? There will be drama, we can be sure of it, and a new actor in the role. The new season three Prince Charles will be played by Josh O' Connor.
New Names and Faces
As the show moves into season three with a new cast, other new characters will join those we've already agreed to follow. With a new focus on the growing Prince Charles, those figures who played an important and lasting role in his coming of age will appear for the first time on screen. Camilla Parker Bowles will enter the story, to be played by Emerald Fennell. Mentor and friend Lord Mountbatten will also take on a new and important place on the program, to be played by Game of Thrones', Charles Dance.